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She is 14 or 15 years old and losing weight. I had her

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She is 14 or 15 years old and losing weight. I had her checked by a vet several months ago and they didn't really find any major problems. They sent me home with a vitamin - LiquiTinic. She is hungry all the time. She makes a noise when eating dry food, like maybe its a tooth, so I have been feeding her canned food for the last month. She acts like she is starving. Help!
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about LiquiTinic?
Customer: I tried it on her several weeks, she really didn't like it and I saw no changes.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

I'm sorrry to hear of this with your cat. Acting starving at such an advanced age is usually found to be due to hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus, and less commonly, maldigestion (the pancreas isn't forming enough digestive enzymes) or malabsorption (a debilitated bowel isn't able to efficiently absorb digested food). The proper manner in which to preceed is to have a gastrointestinal diagnostic panel of blood and urine tests performed including a TLI blood test for detecting exocrine pancreatic insufficiency and serum folate and vitamin B12 levels for detecting malabsorption disorders.

Most important - a T4 (total thyroid blood test) needs to be performed looking for hyperthyroidism. This is often underdiagnosed at her age. Although the normal range for T4 is posted as 1.0-4.0 ug/dL, any value of 2.0 ug/dL or higher in geriatric cats suggests hyperthyroidism. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin

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